Dell Notebooks: Built to Order vs Outsourced

Dell builds its notebooks computers at its own facilities. It buys pre-assembled notebook computers from its manufacturing partners and then does the final assembly in its own facilities.
Other vendors, on the other hand, receive most of their notebooks completely assembled from their manufacturing partners. I really don’t think one option is better, but thought you’d like to know.
Cnet writes The question now is whether the tried-and-true “Dell way” will work in the notebook era. Is Dell trying to impose a desktop manufacturing model on a notebook industry that operates very differently? Or is Dell once again ahead of the curve and already anticipating a time when notebooks become as easy to build as desktops?